Wal-Mart not coming to Cherokee

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After almost five years in the works, a deal between the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Wal-Mart Corporation to locate a store on the Qualla Boundary has come to an end. Bill Wertz, Wal-Mart spokesperson, told the Asheville Citizen-Times last Friday, “Nothing really happened other than our determination that it wasn’t the right thing for us to do at this time. There is nothing negative in that decision toward any community. Projects rise and fall on our priority list for a variety of reasons.”